Mrs. Mary Linn
Submitted by Donnie Pickard
Van Buren County Democrat
August 22, 1913
Mrs. Mary Linn died at the home of her son, L. L. Kidd, Thursday, Aug. 14th. She has suffered with cancer for some time. She approached death perfectly composed, bespeaking a tenacious faith in her Redeemer. She has for about forty years called Choctaw her home. She leaves a host of friends who cherish her memory.
Grandma Linn was born in Blount County, Tennessee, in 1840, marrying Mr. James Kidd at the age of 17, to whom was born two children. The eldest was Mrs. Altsman who died in Oklahoma a few years ago. The youngest Leonard Kidd a citizen of Choctaw, whose father died when boy was but 3 months old. She later married Mr. William H. McDaniel, to whom were born five children, Isaac, Sallie, Mollie, Loelcie(?) and Dona. Two of them still live. Soon after the war Mr. and Mrs. McDaniel moved to near Quitman, and three years later laid a homestead at Choctaw. Mr. McDaniel there died, his wife proving up the homestead and rearing her family. She married Mr. Asa Linn, who lived only a few years.
Mrs. Linn led an exemplary life. When a neighbor needed her services, she was there. When her bereaved friends craved consolation, she was there. When any of her children had sickness or trouble in the family, she was there. When there was any movement to build up her community, she was there. When the Sunday school classes repaired to their places, she was there. When the church bell rang, she was there. She gave her life to the service of others and therein served her Maker. A happy face, a cheering word, an encouraging personality always accompanied her. Years to come, when those who are now children become gray, the mention of Grandma Linn will awaken in their breasts one of the dearest recollections of the childhood.